How did Future accomplish such a trifecta?
Well, it’s rare for an artist to release two albums within a two-week period. A few – Guns N’ Roses with “Use Your Illusion I” and “II” and Nelly with “Sweat” and “Suit” – have dropped a pair of albums at the same time.
But most significantly, in late 2014
Billboard changed its criteria for weekly rankings
to better align with listeners' consumption habits.
Now, instead of merely counting units sold, there are other benchmarks: 10 digital track sales from one album are equivalent to one album sale, while 1,500 song streams from an album equate to one album sale (all subscription services, such as Spotify, Google Play and Beats Music are included).
Future’s “HNDRXX” landed at No. 1 with 48,000 traditional album sales; 63,000 streaming equivalent albums; and 11,000 track equivalent albums.
Among Future’s other chart accolades this week, he’s the first artist since Prince – following his death last year – to own the No. 1 and No. 2 slots on the Billboard 200 simultaneously. Prince re-entered that chart on May 7 with “The Very Best of Prince” at No. 1 and the “Purple Rain” soundtrack at No. 2.
Future and Prince are among 10 acts to claim the Nos. 1 and 2 spots at the same time since 1963.
The last artist to do it prior to Prince? There’s Nelly again, in 2004, with “Suit” and “Sweat.”
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